As stated over and over again, Europe is going to take a far right swing. All it needed was a catalyst and the immigration issue has proved to be one, along with islamic terrorist attacks and Germany’s fourth power grab for Europe.
SEBASTIAN Kurz has declared victory in the Austrian elections following the latest vote projections, which could see him form an alliance with the far-right in a crushing blow for the European Union.
The People’s Party (OVP) got 30.2 per cent of the vote, according to exit polls from Austrian news channel ORF.
Mr Kurz’s party is tough on migration, easy on taxes and widely Eurosceptic after rebranding itself over the last few months to propel its popularity in the wealthy Alpine nation.
He is expected to form a coalition with the right-wing populist Freedom party (FPO), who got 26.8 per cent of the vote, according to the latest projections.
Speaking after 85 per cent of the votes were counted, he told his cheering supporters: “Today we have won a huge mandate to change this country, and I promise you I will work with all my energy for change.
“We want to establish a new culture in politics. And we want to change the country for the better.”
Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party, the largest party in the last government, are in third place with 26.3 per cent.
Mr Kurz said: “I would of course like to form a stable government. If that cannot be done then there are other options,”adding that he planned to talk to all parties in parliament but would first wait for a count of postal ballots that begins on Monday.
Although the OVP has been in government for 30 year and Mr Kurz is one of the cabinet’s longest serving ministers, he has run his campaign with a promise of change.
The stunning result will come as a crushing blow to the EU and essentially a strong vote against liberal politics, pedalled by France and Germany.
And as a member of the EU, Austria could now go on to resist efforts by Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to reform the bloc and expand cooperation on issues such as immigration.
Mr Kurz has already rejected EU reform proposals by Mr Macron.
He was the foreign minister in the coalition government with the centre left SPÖ that ruled Austria until now.
Sunday’s result shows a move away from the middle ground and comes just a month after Germany’s far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) won nearly 13 percent of the German vote.
Mr Kurz was one of the backers of the recent law imposed in Austria banning the burka.
He was also instrumental in closing down the Balkan route into Europe used by Middle Eastern refugees.
Mr Kurz’s OVP has promised to cut access to social welfare benefits for refugees for at least five years.
It comes after Austria was used as a gateway for nearly 900,000 migrants making their way to Germany.
The Freedom Party was founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s. It nearly won the presidency last year and topped opinion polls in the midst of Europe’s migrant crisis.
Full article: Austria election RESULTS: Eurosceptic Sebastian Kurz declares VICTORY in nightmare for EU (Express)